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I hear there's some country-hip-hop song that Billboard is pulling from the country charts because it isn't "country" enough. All I can say is, if the country music gatekeepers wanted to protect music lovers from fake country music, where were they to save us all from "Cotton Eye Joe" in the 90s?

Giving classroom lectures with laryngitis is pretty horrible. Five minutes in, no one is sympathetic to the fact you have no voice. And, it hurts.

Cherry Blossom time in DC. Bradford Pears are finally getting less smelly. Tourists on Metro are getting more helpless.

Evening everyone. I have laryngitis today, but it's probably not a problem here.

After being sick for the last 24 hours or so. It's time to get out of the house and pretend to be very sharp at a reception!

Special counsel Robert Mueller's report did not find collusion, Attorney General Barr says, but can't "exonerate" President Trump on the allegation of obstruction of justice.

Read Barr's summary here:
n.pr/2U8YSOO

I remember seeing this poster in the video store as a kid and being very mystified by the imagery. Who was this weird eye watching a simple dude in overalls mowing the lawn by some country church? None of it made sense!

It's a very early CGI depiction of cyberspace, an very funny idea of what cybersex might look like, Pierce Brosnan is in it before he was James Bond, it was (of all things) based on a Stephen King short story even though it really looks like it should be from William Gibson, and they even made a sequel in which the lawnmower man was basically The Singularity. It was in some ways ahead of its time but also very awkward.

More random thoughts about sci-fi. Whatever happened to that film Lawnmower Man? Does anyone remember it? It feels like it has been lost to pop-culture memory, but I remember it being pretty weird and striking in the 90s - might be overdue for revisiting.

More thoughts on Love Death and Robots: Everyone should watch Zima Blue. It's the best one and the most surprising.

I have issues with some episodes, mostly questions about why there were some many uncanny valley cgi shorts and why there were so many worn-out space cowboy/marine tropes in some of the shorts. But, it's a bunch of shorts, so you know, it happens.

Can we all agree that when we type the names of Silicon Valley companies in word-processors, it's annoying that they auto-capitalize? When I use google as a verb, I don't want it capitalized. Nor do I want powerpoint (in the generic sense of the word) to turn into PowerPoint, the IP of Microsoft Inc. It's a small but insidious thing. [note: Mastodon didn't auto-capitalize, but it did red underline "powerpoint"]

To clarify - people who regularly post video as if they were "youtubers" and not just people who post video in the manner of a professional film/tv/art portfolio.

This albums had aged pretty well.
Feeling a bit old at the fact that this is almost 20 years old.
discogs.com/A-Perfect-Circle-M

Follow up question - (from the Love, Robots, Death) - what tropes are you really tired of on sci-fiction stories? I for one am getting tired of human-like robots/aliens/whatever contemplating a post-apocalyptic earth in with humans destroyed themselves, even as this succeeding group of robots/aliens/whatever seem to qualitatively be at risk to the same kind of hubris and arrogance humans had.

"Wow, humans were really dumb, not at all like me," said the judgmental robot. - let's avoid this.

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